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Sharpstown KinderCare

Ms. Martha Rivas, Center Director

6767 Rookin St. Houston TX 77074
(713) 774-9711 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Sutton, Braeburn, KIPP Connect, Energized For Excellence Academy, Neff, Baker Ripley.


At Sharpstown KinderCare, everything we do is designed for learning. Our experts designed your child's classroom--and every activity and lesson--to help prepare children for success in school and beyond. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we're excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning and look forward to meeting you and your family soon.

Ms. Martha Rivas, Center Director

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Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

When it comes to keeping you informed about your child's engaging learning experiences, we strive to make our service and communication exceptional. We're always happy to meet and talk about your child's progress at any time. Our Teachers are eager to understand your needs and to serve your child as a unique member of our Sharpstown KinderCare family. We are dedicated to providing excellent service to you, your family, and most importantly, your child's learning development. We are here to partner with you in making your child the best he or she can be.

  • Ms. Martha Rivas

    Ms. Martha Rivas, Center Director

    Mrs. Rivas has worked with children for over 13 years in different capacities. She obtained a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education and special needs from New York University. Her education and work experiences have shaped her into a leader for children in low-income communities. As a mother of three, she is always concerned about the well-being of children in her care --both physically and emotionally.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Rivas has previously worked as a Discovery Preschool Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Program Assistant Director, Head Start Assistant Director, and Head Start Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Needs; Director's Certificate; CLASS Observer
  • Ms. Brittany Dowler

    Ms. Brittany Dowler, Assistant Director

    Ms. Dowler has eight years of experience working with children. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Dowler has previously worked as a Pre-K and Preschool Teacher. She later moved onto being an Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education; Director's Credential
  • Ms. Lorena

    Ms. Lorena, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lorena's goal is to lay the foundation for infants to develop trusting relationships. She responds to each baby with sensitivity and attention; uses words, facial expressions, and eye contact to communicate; and uses family photos to promote self-awareness and provide continuity with each child's home. Ms. Lorena helps babies build brain power in a loving and caring environment. She prepares infants to think and reason by exploring the concepts of cause and effect, trial and error, and object permanence through play; provides a variety of materials of different colors, sizes, textures, and shapes for infants to explore; and encourages the use of all five senses so that babies can safely discover the world.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Three Little Pigs 

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Mercedes

    Ms. Mercedes, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Mercedes's goal is to nurture children's creativity. She provides age-appropriate tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity, and supervises the infants as they use them; supports imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourages self-expression through movement and music. Ms. Mercedes provides a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. She loves coming to work every day to be greeted with sweet baby smiles. Ms. Mercedes appreciates that families entrust her with their infant's care and education, and so she is committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for both the children and their parents.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist and Will Grace

    Year Started:
    33 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Ana

    Ms. Ana, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Ana's goal is to nurture your child’s creativity. She provides paint, crayons, and other tools that promote artistic exploration and creativity; supports imaginative play with photo cards and puppets; and encourages self-expression through movement and music. Ms. Ana provides a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where your infant can explore and make new discoveries. She appreciates that parents entrust her with their infant's care and education, and she is committed to making this first transition away from home easy and natural for all children and parents.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Three Little Pigs

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Mrs. Maripili

    Mrs. Maripili, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Maripili's goal is to help infants improve mobility and coordination. She supports babies as they roll from side to side and learn to crawl, stand, and walk; supports the development of motor skills with blocks and shape boards; and meet all children's individual needs for rest and nutrition. 

    Year Started:
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  • Ms. Annabelle

    Ms. Annabelle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Annabelle's goal is to create a literacy-rich environment where children enhance their vocabulary through imitation and repetition of words and sentences. Children in her classroom build alphabet recognition through play with letters and writing centers, and strengthen their conversational skills with group sharing and reading experiences. Ms. Annabelle supports cooperative play; uses whole- and small-group activities to model sharing, communication, and cooperation; and demonstrates how to recognize others' feelings and respond appropriately. She supports pretend play and role-playing with props and costumes; encourages creative expression through age-appropriate art materials; and stimulates imagination through storytelling and block-building.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Sophie

    Ms. Sophie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sofie has been at KinderCare since May 2017. Prior to that, she was a National Teaching Fellow through AmeriCorps. Sofie graduated from Brooklyn College in NYC with a bachelor's degree in ECE. Teaching has always been one of her aspirations. When teaching, she loves to incorporate music in any lesson/curriculum. Sofie also believes all children learn best through hands-on experiences.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Erika

    Ms. Erika, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Erika's goal is to promote vocabulary development and conversational skills through fun, hands-on experiences. She uses activities such as daily group discussions, fingerplays, songs, and read-alouds to help children in her classroom develop the fundamental language skills they continue to build on throughout their lifetime. For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children--and so Ms. Erika uses this opportunity to teach children how to share, follow instructions, and set the foundation for learning that will occur in elementary school.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Catherine

    Ms. Catherine, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Catherine's goal is to provide an entertaining and educational classroom for school-age children after school and during spring, winter, and summer camps. Children in Ms. Catherine's classroom have daily opportunities during the school season to work on homework, and keep their skills sharp during school breaks through her purposeful lessons and activities. Ms. Catherine encourages children to participate in her Classroom Council in order for them to stretch their leadership capabilities and develop a sense of ownership in the classroom.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Amber's goal is to create a relaxing and fun after-school environment that children will eagerly look forward to attending. She provides regular homework support, daily fitness activities, hands-on learning experiences, and community outreach projects. She also uses club activities, group games, and events to develop leadership, planning, organizing, and team-building skills.

    Year Started:
  • Ms. Patrice

    Ms. Patrice, School Age Classroom

    My goal is to provide an entertaining and educational classroom for school age children to flourish after school and during spring, winter, and summer camps. Your child will have an opportunity to work on homework during the school season and keep his skills sharp during breaks through my purposeful lessons and activities.

    Year Started:
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  • Mrs. Kirenia

    Mrs. Kirenia, Bus Driver / Cook

    Ms. Kirenia's goal is to create a sense of community and leadership among children. She creates a comfortable environment designed to boost children's confidence, self-esteem, character, and social skills.

    Year Started:

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Sharpstown KinderCare is here to serve our community with expertise in providing a excellent educational environment for young children. We are here to encourage you and your family to strive for greatness--and to deliver that same greatness to you every day. Our primary goal is to ensure safe classrooms, qualified teachers, a bundle of love and care, and healthy meals. We hope you'll come in for a visit to see us firsthand, because we are sure we're the right fit for you!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Filipino

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

·         New Year's Day

·         President's Day

·         Memorial Day

·         4th of July

·         Labor Day

·         Thanksgiving Day

·         Day after Thanksgiving

·         Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Keeping children safe and secure is our first priority. In addition to the built-in security features at our center, we strictly follow established procedures for your child's arrival and departure.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I want to take a moment to acknowledge the wonderful work that is provided from the staff at Sharpstown KinderCare. Let me give you a little background on my situation: I'm a single mother of two young children, eight and six years old. KinderCare gave me a sense of security when I left my oldest as an infant in their care. KinderCare has allowed me to have a peace of mind while I'm at work knowing that my children are safe being transported from school buckled up and safe. I'm so happy with the services that are provided at KinderCare--they help with homework and provide different activities my children really enjoy in the time that is spent there--and when they are happy, that make me very happy. I encourage the staff to keep up the excellent work that they provide day in and day out. I truly blessed to have KinderCare in my life.

- Mother

The care my son receives during the day at Sharpstown KinderCare is phenomenal. He has been there for over a year now and every day he blossoms. He enjoys his time spent there learning and playing with his friends. KinderCare offers an enriching environment for him and all of the other children. My son looks forward to seeing his friends and Teacher every morning. I am very glad that my husband and I decided to enroll him in this center facility. Seeing him smile and interact with other children fills my heart with joy. They have taught him so much more than how to count, the alphabet, and nursery rhymes: They are also aiding his father and I in proper discipline techniques that are effective for a cranky two-year-old. I look forward to seeing the places my son will go thanks to the care he has received here.

- Mother

I have two children attending the Sharpstown KinderCare Learning Center. They have been with KinderCare for three-and-a-half years, and the center staff has provided great care for both my children. I would recommend this center to anyone who needs child care.

- Mother

After doing research for child care centers, I settled on Sharpstown KinderCare. I wanted my daughter to attend KinderCare because the staff are very kind, warm, and nurturing. I continue to see how caring and attentive the Teachers are with my daughter, and I know she is safe, being taken care of, and having fun in the process. I love to get updates of the activities that my daughter has been doing that help with her cognitive and physical development. I see how happy she is to play with children her age and to try different foods. Kudos to the KinderCare team--they bring great care to the joy of my life. I'm very grateful.

- Mother

My daughter has never been in a daycare environment. When I brought her into Sharpstown KinderCare, she immediately wanted to stay and threw a fit when I tried to take her out of the Preschool Classroom. Ms. Enedelia was very nice and offered to let her stay and play while we looked at the rest of the center. I could not believe a child who had never stayed with anyone other than family wanted to stay so bad, but it was then that I realized this was the place for us.

- Mother

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